Edible Wild Plant Guide & Field Book | Free Food and Medicine (2022)

Maria

Thank you for this book. I will never go hungry for sure. Will recommend all my friends to get this book. Used to throw Dandelions away. Now I look at them with respect. And all other weeds too. It’s so easy to read your books and all the pictures help a lot. Thank you and God bless you.

livinabox

Having seen Markus showing this book so many times, and flicking through the pages, I just knew I had to have it. Glad I did. I ordered the 5 DVDs as well now. Indeed I keep seeing plants I’ve never heard of on YouTube, and so I grab the book to check them out, and sure enough it’s always listed. Nice one Markus.

Forest_Lover

I study herbs and plants as a hobby. This book is one of my favorites. It has tons of pictures and detailed descriptions. I love to learn about the plants around me and their healing properties so this book is perfect.

Serscho

Great book. Good to see whats growing in your backyard and if you can eat that stuff.

Joe

Wow! This book is very detailed, and has helped me take my raw food lifestyle to the next level. It contains a lot of useful information that helps me learn more about the plants right outside my door.

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Mother 03

OMGoodness! What a beautiful book. I checked tracking and it said it was just delivered. I practically ran to the mail box and back. What a gorgeous book and so full of information! It is truly a work of art and a work of love. I treasure every book I have and this one by far is now the best book I own and at the top of that list. My daughter was home when I opened it. I could barely get it out of her hands. She is 26 and has always had a interest in plants and herbs and nature. She said, “This is a gorgeous and informative book, can I have it?” I normally give in, but not this one. I will order her one of her very own for Christmas, unless I find that it's gone. Thank you Markus. You are a incredible Blessing. I will be treasuring every page. This book has exceeded all expectations and more. Your personal thank you note is also incredible. I will be framing that and keeping it on my desk at work. God bless you.

Brett Jones

This book is well worth the price. The color pictures make it very easy to identify plants. I have discovered at least twenty different kinds of wild edibles just in a five-mile radius from where I live by using this book. I recommend it. Great work Markus!

Will

Best purchase ever, Markus. Awesome read. Ultimate Edible Plant Guide has excellent info and great pictures.

Ann and Mateo

Such extensive scientific research and analysis, along with extremely professional photography and presentation. A delight to read.

Alex Grayson

I just received my Edible Plant Guide and I am utterly amazed at the scope and breadth of this book. I cannot imagine what it took to create this but I am in awe of its thoroughness. The photos and images for identification are of excellent quality, and while it’s a hefty 479 pages and weighs two pounds, it’s surprisingly compact. This makes it a perfect constant companion while learning the ins and outs of free food and medicine. I am deeply grateful for the hard work and love which went into making this and I am so glad I finally treated myself to a hard copy. This will serve me and my family for the rest of our lives, which I suspect will be longer thanks to this!

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MrHilltop78

This book is well worth the money. I bought a copy for myself, my parents, my two sisters and some friends. Markus has put a lot of studying and hard work into it and it shows. Thanks Markus for making this book!

Kate Phillips

I just received your new edible plant guide today and wanted to tell you that I have a pile full of field guides and herbal plant books and this is the most well put together and beautiful book I’ve seen. Your photos and inserts are hands down the best I have. I live in new mexico and am hard pressed to find anything great on desert plants. The desert section alone is a great help. The macro inserts and the flowers placed along side the leaf structures are really helpful with more thorough identification. I love the brief synopsis on the plant properties as it gives me a jumping off point for anything I want to go more in depth with. plus the book is small enough I can carry it in a backpack. great job, well worth the money and thanks for your efforts!

Arianne Bakker

I just want to tell you I feel so blessed having found your book Free Food and Medicine. Thank you so much!

CBasie2856

This book is the best edible plant book I have ever seen.

Rhonda D

I just got my book. Love it! It is very detailed and explains the benefits of plants. Thanks Markus for all the hard work!

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JC

Spiritual Warrior in training, learning about the earth, therefore myself. Special thanks to my friend Markus Rothkranz. This book is an amazing compendium of the beauty of natures gifts. Best visual picture and field guide I’ve seen in 20 years!

Bonded Liberty

This book might just save me money. Less trips to the grocery store. Thanks Markus!

Juanita Howell

I got my Free Food and Medicine book today! It is so beautiful and chock-full of information. I’ve been reading it for a couple of hours. Wow. So much interesting things in it. I don’t know how you did it! Thank you so much. And, I read that you are going to have another book. Thank you again. The Free Food and Medicine book is worth so much to me.

Nancy Owens

So very true! We (talking about myself also) are out of touch with the earth! All this gentlemen has said is true! I have been consuming dandelions for four months and wow is all I can say! I am fifty and wish I had known this years ago. I feel great! No more hip pain. Skin is so soft, my feet look twenty again. Really! There’s so much more they have done for me. Has changed my diet big time, makes fake food taste fake. I crave the good stuff now. If only more people would listen. I got proof.

j2theon05

Just got my (Edible Plants Guide) book today I love It never really been so excited to use a book in my life, well since I was a kid. The picture are so beautiful and nice it like I’m back in elementary when they use to have those school book fairs and I use to go crazy and what all the pop up book and the ones that move, sorry got a little to happy there, but this book is a must buy just for all the reason Markus has explained. Get it.

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Beth Cox

I have been to more doctors than I can count and tried more solutions than I can find. I just found out about you not to long ago and I was amazed that you were able to heal yourself with what I was trying to kill outside in my yard.

Ed Lover

Sonsa bitch, I have all those plants right outside in the back yard!

Jan Podolske

Love it Markus- I have un-aged lately. I love my wild weed (food) foraging I do! Thanks! Yep!

Izzie Thizzlyn

Excellent You just wrote the most important and valuable book of all time! Thanks Markus!

bigfoot12

I wish there were more field guides like this. Mushroom guides, bird guides, and insect guides could use much inspiration from this book as an example of how to create a good decent field guide. Unlike most edible wild plant field guides, the pictures of this book are absolutely outstanding. The very colorful and detailed pictures allow you to see clearly almost every distinct feature of a plant, and the major features of a plant are often magnified to allow you to see them closer. Not only that, but most of the pictures and the features of the plants in this book are against a white background. Most wild plant guides only feature photographs that are way too small for you to see the major features of a plant, or they contain only black and white pictures or line drawings, and most guides contain not any more than 400 plants. However, this book covers 1000+ of the most common plants found around the world - both edible plants and toxic plants. A lot of the plants in this book are found in America, but some of them are from other countries and other regions of the Earth, such as the tropics, rainforests, deserts and the sea. Each plant in this book is thoroughly described, and the edible parts of each plant is mentioned in this book. A few of the plants mentioned in this book also have a few other uses besides edibility, that are described. This book is also greatly organized. Some of the major sections of this book include plant basics, terminology, cultivated plants, preparing wild food, herbs, edible flowers, daisy like plants, plants from the desert, dandelion like plants, berries, trees, grasses, seaweeds, unbrella like plants, poisonous plants, diseases + conditions and what plants have historically healed them.

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All the plants listed in the index are edible. You will not find any poisonous plants here. If you want to learn to identify the poisonous plants, Markus has a whole entire section on that written separately from the edible plants, featuring the most common poisonous plants. Because of the very colorful and magnified pictures, this book makes it very easy to identify wild plants, and I recommend this guide to any one interested in foraging, whether beginner or advanced.

Traveler

I have researched and practiced gastrobotany for nearly twenty years. All of my books have black and white photos or sketches which forced me to rely heavily on text to identify species. Therefore, many times I was unable to absolutely and positively identify a plant. This book has removed much of that problem with it’s great photos. For me, the photos are the greatest aspect of this book. I still rely on other books for a more complete description and prescription of plant use and methods of use. However, with that said, I now strongly rely on this book for the initial identification of a plant that I am not already familiar with.

FAQs

Is there an app to identify edible wild plants? ›

Using apps like PlantSnap is a great way to learn to identify plants, but let's take it a step further for everyone's sake. You can also get started with some familiar plants, like blackberries. Though there are hundreds of species of blackberries and they're hard to tell apart, they're all edible!

How do you know if a wilderness plant is edible? ›

Step 1 separate the plants into its different parts leaves stems roots flowers etc smell the plant

How many edible wild plants are there? ›

Scientists estimate that there are more than 400,000 species of plants on earth, at least half of which are edible for humans. Indeed, it is entirely possible that we are capable of eating 300,000 plant species. And yet we consume just a tiny fraction of that.

Are wild plants healthy? ›

Wild plant greens are excellent sources of vitamin C. This vitamin keeps our gums, teeth and skin healthy. They also help wounds heal and help our bodies fight sickness. Young, raw Fireweed leaves provide more vitamin C and vitamin A than the amounts in more mature plants.

Is there a totally free plant identifier app? ›

PlantNet is our number one pick for a totally free plant identification app. PlantNet describes itself as a “citizen science project on biodiversity”. It counts on its users to create a botanical database and the user is the last word on whether or not the plant listed is a match.

Is there a plant identifier app that's free? ›

PlantNet. While PlantNet is a great (and free) plant identification app for both Android and iPhone, it's even better for groups of people.

What plants should not be eaten in the wild? ›

Contents
  • Angel's Trumpet.
  • Morning Glory.
  • Poison Oak.
  • Poke Weed.
  • Doll's Eyes.
  • Moon Seed.
  • English Yew.
  • Oleander.
28 Apr 2015

How do you test if food is poisonous in the wild? ›

Before taking a bite, touch the plant to your lips to test for burning or itching. If there's no reaction after 15 minutes, take a small bite, chew it, and hold it in your mouth for 15 minutes. If the plant tastes very bitter or soapy, spit it out and wash out your mouth.

How do beginners do forage? ›

Five Basic Rules for Beginner Foragers
  1. 1) Be cautious. Make sure you can identify a plant with 100 percent certainty before touching or consuming it. ...
  2. 2) Understand your land. Study up on the area you plan to forage. ...
  3. 3) Harvest responsibly. ...
  4. 4) Feed on weeds. ...
  5. 5) Walk lightly. ...
  6. 6) Know the poisons. ...
  7. Watercress. ...
  8. Dandelions.
17 Sept 2020

What plant can you eat every part of? ›

Here's the list of edible plant parts that Sprout discovered. Have you eaten any of these recently?
...
What parts of the plant do we eat?
ROOTS carrots beets turnips rutabagasSEEDS lima beans peas green beans sunflower seeds black-eyed peas pinto beans
LEAVES kale lettuce spinach cabbage collards mustardSTEMS celery rhubarb onions
1 more row

Can humans eat leaves to survive? ›

Some types of tree leaves are edible, provided they do not contain any toxins. Younger trees are typically a better option than mature ones. However, humans are not able to digest leaves readily due to their high fibrous content. Therefore, while some leaves contain minerals, we get very little energy from them.

What is the healthiest edible plant? ›

Dandelion: Dandelion is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables on the planet. The entire plant is edible. The leaves are like vitamin pills, containing generous amounts of vitamins A, C and K — far more than those garden tomatoes, in fact — along with calcium, iron, manganese, and potassium.

What is the healthiest plant on earth? ›

Have you ever heard of Moringa before? This miracle tree is the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, beating kale, spinach, and even spirulina for health benefits. Moringa is packed with vitamins A, C and E, and is high in calcium, which promotes bone health and prevents heart disease.

What is the healthiest plant for humans? ›

1. Spinach. This leafy green tops the chart as one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables. That's because 1 cup (30 grams) of raw spinach provides 16% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin A plus 120% of the DV for vitamin K — all for just 7 calories ( 1 ).

What is the best plant app 2022? ›

My pick for the best free plant identification app of 2022 is iNaturalist, as it's powered by over one million naturalists, biologists and scientists who help to identify plants uploaded by users. Available on iOS and Android, it's owned by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

What is the most accurate plant identification app? ›

The Best Plant Identification Apps
  1. PlantSnap. Download It: Android and IOS. ...
  2. Planta. Download It: Android and IOS. ...
  3. Leafsnap. Download It: Android and IOS. ...
  4. GardenAnswers. Download It: Android and IOS. ...
  5. iNaturalist. Download It: Android and IOS. ...
  6. Pl@ntNet. Download It: Android and IOS. ...
  7. PictureThis. Download It: Android and IOS. ...
  8. Plantix.
2 Aug 2022

How much does plant identifier app cost? ›

The premium version is well worth the $30/year if you are really interested in getting the best IDs. I've tried many plant ID apps. This is by far the best.

Is PlantSnap completely free? ›

1. PlantSnap. So, this particular app is free for Android users, but not for iPhone users, soz guys! PlantSnap is kind of like Snapchat for plants – and we're so here for it, it's one of the most popular plant recognising apps.

Can my iPhone camera identify plants? ›

If you are looking for an easy way to identify the species of plants and flowers that doesn't involve reaching for a taxonomy book, then try your iPhone. You don't even need to purchase an app, because in iOS 15 and later, Apple's software includes a feature called Visual Lookup that will do just what you need.

Is LeafSnap free? ›

No other app I have ever tried has worked with anywhere near the same ability as LeafSnap, and it is a FREE app that has performed better than even paid apps. I would absolutely recommend this app for any forager or plant enthusiast!

What is the most toxic plant? ›

8. Castor oil plant the most poisonous in the world. The most poisonous plant in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Castor oil plant is also known as the "palm of Christ", or Palma Christi, which stems from the plant oil's ability to heal wounds.

What plants can you eat in a survival situation? ›

Eight Edible Plants for Wilderness Survival
  • Amaranth. This edible weed is native to the Americas and all parts can be consumed — just be conscientious of small spines that sometimes grow on its leaves. ...
  • Burdock. ...
  • Cattail. ...
  • Clovers. ...
  • Chicory. ...
  • Dandelion. ...
  • Pennycress. ...
  • Edible Seaweeds.

Which flower human can eat? ›

They are the Hibiscus, Rose (heirloom variety such as Edward), Moringa flowers (drumstick), Roselle (gongura) and Basil flowers. It is perfect to prepare tea, soups, powders .

What food is naturally poisonous? ›

Cassava, sorghum, stone fruits, bamboo roots and almonds are especially important foods containing cyanogenic glycosides. The potential toxicity of a cyanogenic plant depends primarily on the potential that its consumption will produce a concentration of cyanide that is toxic to exposed humans.

Which food is white poison? ›

Nutritionists say there are three white poisons – salt, refined sugar and maida. One wonders now if there is a fourth one on the horizon – milk. It is not the milk per say but what is added into it that is dangerous. Adulteration or adding unwanted ingredients to food may be intentional or unintentional.

Are any tree leaves edible? ›

To answer your burning question: yes, you can make trees into salad. The young, tender leaves of trees like the beech, birch, Chinese elm, fennel, mulberry, hawthorne, sassafras, and linden can be tossed into a salad, though some are better tasting than others. You can also pick and eat them fresh off the tree.

Are forage courses free? ›

Forage online courses provide certificates that highlight important work skills developed and work experience gained could potentially increase a candidate 's earning potential. All courses are 100% free to all participants and no prior experience is required to enroll.

Is there a foraging app? ›

There are a lot of foraging apps out there, but Wild Edibles is our pick of the bunch. It uses clear photos, in-depth descriptions of each plant and details of where it can be found. You can also add your own notes against each plant. Great for identifying and recording any plants that you come across.

Do we get certificate in forage? ›

Forage offers many Virtual Internship Experience Programs issuing free certificates in various subject matters: from data science to investment banking to human resources to law. Even if you are not a student, you can still join virtual Work Experience Programs. Candidates can enroll and get a free certificate.

Is there a foraging app? ›

There are a lot of foraging apps out there, but Wild Edibles is our pick of the bunch. It uses clear photos, in-depth descriptions of each plant and details of where it can be found. You can also add your own notes against each plant. Great for identifying and recording any plants that you come across.

Can I take a picture of a plant and have Google identify it? ›

What images can Google Lens identify? You can use it to identify images on your camera and gain more information about landmarks, places, plants, animals, products, and other objects. It can also be used to scan and auto-translate text.

Does Google have an app to identify plants? ›

Can Google identify plants from a picture? Yes, it can! Well, Google Lens' plant identification can. Google Lens is available as a standalone app for Android users.

What is the best plant app 2022? ›

My pick for the best free plant identification app of 2022 is iNaturalist, as it's powered by over one million naturalists, biologists and scientists who help to identify plants uploaded by users. Available on iOS and Android, it's owned by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

Is PlantSnap completely free? ›

1. PlantSnap. So, this particular app is free for Android users, but not for iPhone users, soz guys! PlantSnap is kind of like Snapchat for plants – and we're so here for it, it's one of the most popular plant recognising apps.

Is LeafSnap free? ›

No other app I have ever tried has worked with anywhere near the same ability as LeafSnap, and it is a FREE app that has performed better than even paid apps. I would absolutely recommend this app for any forager or plant enthusiast!

How do you start foraging? ›

Five Basic Rules for Beginner Foragers
  1. 1) Be cautious. Make sure you can identify a plant with 100 percent certainty before touching or consuming it. ...
  2. 2) Understand your land. Study up on the area you plan to forage. ...
  3. 3) Harvest responsibly. ...
  4. 4) Feed on weeds. ...
  5. 5) Walk lightly. ...
  6. 6) Know the poisons. ...
  7. Watercress. ...
  8. Dandelions.
17 Sept 2020

Where is the best place to forage? ›

Woodlands, forests and the countryside are a good place to start your foray into foraging, but you may also find wild foods in surprisingly urban places too, such as a local park or even your garden.

What foods can you forage? ›

Although mushrooms, berries, other fruits, and greens are among the most popular foraged foods, you can gather and eat a variety of other wild edibles. Roots, nuts, seeds, and even shellfish are forageable in the wild, depending on where you live.

How do I use my phone camera to identify plants? ›

How to use Google lens to identify flowers and plants - YouTube

Is there a free version of Picture This plant identifier? ›

The free version includes some initial free credits to photograph a few plants. Users can upgrade to a paid premium account for unlimited credits. It's possible to sustain a free account, but users will have to log in to an account, watch commercials, or share photos with friends to earn more free credits.

Is Picture This plant finder free? ›

This is a paid app, but you're allowed a one-week free trial (read more about that below), so I downloaded it onto my iPhone from the App Store.

Can iPhone camera identify plants? ›

If you are looking for an easy way to identify the species of plants and flowers that doesn't involve reaching for a taxonomy book, then try your iPhone. You don't even need to purchase an app, because in iOS 15 and later, Apple's software includes a feature called Visual Lookup that will do just what you need.

Can Android phones identify plants? ›

It integrates Google Lens technology, which uses your phone's camera to identify practically anything you point it at. This is particularly handy when it comes to using your phone to identify plants or flowers. Yes, there are standalone apps that can do this, such as the nifty PlantNet (opens in new tab).

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